Where young people lack experience, wrote Alexis de Tocqueville in The Old Regime and the French Revolution, they make up for with enthusiasm. In the past few years, we have witnessed plenty of “youthful enthusiasm” in Hong Kong. The Occupy protests are such an example.
Conflicts arose on the University of Hong Kong's governing council in 2015 as pro-democracy Professor Johannes Chan Man-mun was being considered to be pro-vice-chancellor of the institution. His candidacy eventually failed, eliciting criticism that pro-establishment forces had opposed him on political grounds. Tensions flared again when months later Professor Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, a close ally of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, was named chairman of the council.